Lifestyle Awards 2013
Wellness & Relationship
I'm an adrenalin junkie!
Viveik Oberoi (THE FIT & THE FAMOUS)
The beach is absolutely amazing in the mornings. It's empty, beautiful, serene and quiet. It fills you with so much peace..the sound of the ocean. If you just sit down and take it all in it's amazing!
Sir Duke and Lady Ivy are the reason I'm at the beach early in the morning. They are my
not my dogs. They run with me, rather I run behind them so it's a lot of fun.
It's my favourite place to be. I grew up playing cricket and volleyball on the beach with the boys from my building.
If I'm really tired, worried about something, stressed..this is where I come and everything seems okay. It just calms me down. It puts me in this Zen-like state. The whole feeling like Buddha kind of thing.
But Sir Duke and Lady Ivy are never at peace here! They are jumping and darting across the sand.
Walking on the sand does a lot of things. It stabilises your muscles as you are working against an undulated surface. So it gives that much more focus to your supporting and core muscles.
I think the gym is important if you want to sculpt your body for a film, for a character. But there's nothing like back to nature, like the beach, the ocean...
When I was in school, I was a plump, tiny little boy. Then I went to Mayo College, a boarding school where everyone is into fitness and sports.
That's where I started playing sports and that plump, roly-poly boy disappeared out of the window!
I became a sportsman and joined the boxing team. I boxed in Mayo for a couple of years and then I came back to Bombay, continued with the sport and pursued it till the state-level.
I was boxing for the state and qualified for Junior Asia.
Today, I'm thankful that I'm fitness conscious. I play sports despite all the injuries I've sustained which made me put on a lot of weight in between. And all the medicines I had when my lung collapsed. It was pretty bad.
To turn around from that, from not even being able to walk properly after my leg was broken in three places in that accident while filming
, to being fit again, to run, do action, jump from buildings and do everything is just God's grace.
It is also the foundation I got playing sports, to just go out there and kill it, it's an amazing feeling and works up a sweat!
I'm an adrenalin junkie and get a big kick out of doing stunts and difficult stuff. For me being in an action film is like being a kid in a candy store.
You have so many ideas and fantasies and they all come true when you are doing a big action film.
You always wonder what it would be like to jump from this height and fly across the air..then you get a film like
where you get to do everything.
Like I remember, me and Zayed were told one morning to jump from a 60-70 storey building!
There were some 50 floors and we were laughing as we went up the elevator. There was so much nervous excitement.
We went to the edge of the building and looked down..it was amazing that entire skipping a beat. That feeling in your tummy, “Oh my God I'm going to jump!”
Then we just put the rappling ropes and asked what we have to do technically and down we went!!
It was amazing! After doing it the first time me and Z were like: “Can we do it again..can we do it again?!” And we did, five or six times till the guys told us, “Stop! We got the shot!”
Returning to my morning run, I normally end it with delicious
. We are blessed to be on the Mumbai coast, where we get the best
It is full of vitamins and minerals and the best food you can have early in the morning. And your body absorbs it all.
We Indians tend to cook our food so much that we don't get much out of it.
A healthy breakfast is mandatory. You stay away from all the yummy stuff – the pancakes, waffles, cream and butter. You can indulge once in a blue moon. That doesn't mean every third day is once in a while!
Someone once told me, “Eat, eat, eat on the day you decide to break your diet and go crazy. Eat everything on that one day and from the next day onwards stop! Apparently, the body can't absorb that much nutrition, fat and calories all at once!
So you are okay to do it all in one day and then turn around the next. I don't know if it works? Any nutritionists around to clarify?
You could say,
are my family! My dad's from Punjab, a hardcore Punjabi and Mom's from Chennai.
She was born, brought up and settled there till she married my dad. Though she's originally Amritsari Punjabi.
So I used to have breakfasts which were either
dosas, idlis, sambhar and chutney or parathas
with all kinds of stuffing. But my personal favourite is the
. I love them!
Many Sunday mornings, I've had
aam ka achar
But right now I'm into healthy food. So carrot juice with olive oil and ginger is good. And an omelette of one egg and three egg whites, which is 2 ½-3 gm of proteins per egg white.
You can mix bell peppers which are full of vitamins and fantastic for your health, a dash of tomatoes, some olives, mushrooms and coriander.
Pair it with the boon – multi-grain bread. It fills you up, tastes good and is not like
that just settles in your stomach and becomes heavy, screws up your digestion and messes your health.
Traditionally being a Punjabi, the most important meal of the day – probably all six or seven of them, just kidding, I mean dinner, tends to be heavy.
We do our routine pretty wrong: Skip breakfast and have a heavy dinner as you are really hungry by then.
That's probably the worst thing you can do. You should as they say - breakfast like a king, share your lunch with someone and eat dinner like a pauper.
For me, cheese is the ultimate sin. Some of it is healthy and nice but I stay away from it. It takes so much in the gym to work that cheese off! Some people can control the quantity but I can't resist it once I start eating.
Cheese melting on toast..aah! The most amazing feeling to eat something like that or fondue! But if you can eat just the right amount and not hog, then cheese is a good idea.
When we were in Turkey, breakfast was this huge spread and they had this insane amount of breakfast! People there love their food like us Indians.
They love to sit down and have these long meals. Lunch would be an hour and half or two hours, breakfast would be 45 minutes to an hour!
And they love their alcohol, locally called
, which looks like water but is a killer! I tried it, it knocked me out, one glass of
was in my head for three days! So stay away from it folks.
Wish you all a good life and good health!
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